Reply to "How Long Should I Wait 'Til I Decorate Cookies?"

VermonsterGirl1966 posted:
Laegwen posted:

Nope, you can start decorating right when they are cooled. At least with normal sugar cookies

Some gingerbread cookies require several days or even weeks of ripening time, though.

I'm a new cookier.  I'm wondering why some gingerbread takes time to "ripen"?

Hi! I think most gingerbread takes a little time for the spices to fully meld into the dough and for the flavor to really "express" itself. Some is quite hard (like German lebkuchen) though, and it also requires time in a container (with a slice of apple) to soften and mellow.

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